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Costume for the No-theater (choken) "long-silk"



114.6 x 205.1 cm (45 1/8 x 80 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; woven

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Gauze weave with supplementry pattern wefts; silk yarns and gilt paper. The ground is woven with violet fiber. Design of mist, hats, and various musical instruments of Imperial Gagaku orchestra; Da-daiko (drum with star top); Koto (string instrument); Sho (wind pipes); Ryutkeki (transverse flutre) or Hichiriki (oboe) woven with gold.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection